Wantirna College Newsletter

01 March 2019
Issue Two
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Asbestos Auditing
Later Years
Cybersafety
Year 7 Camp
SWIMMING CARNIVAL
English & Literacy
Languages
Performing Arts
Health Centre
Wellbeing News
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
0398019700
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152
AU

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 1
March

Tuesday 12

Intermediate Sport

 

Wednesday 13

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Monday 18

Pres Ball Rehearsals 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tuesday 19

Year 8 Sport

 

Monday 25

Year 7 Sport

Pres Ball Rehearsals 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tuesday 26

Swimming EMR

 

Wednesday 27

Year 10 Mock Interviews

Open Day

Discovery Evening, 6:00pm

April

Monday 1

Production Camp

Pres Ball Rehearsals 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tuesday 2

PST Night

 

Friday 5

Last Day of Term 1

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:45pm

Term 2
April

Tuesday 23

1st day of Term 2

Ensemble Music Camp

 

Wednesday 24

Ensemble Music Camp

 

Friday 26

Choir Camp

 

Monday 29

Senior Soccer, Intermediate Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:45pm 

May

Wednesday 1

 EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:45pm

 

Thursday 2

Senior Badminton, Girls Netball

Boys AFL

 

Friday 3

Generations in Jazz

Stage Band & VoxEns

 

Monday 6

Intermediate Soccer

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Wednesday 8

House Cross Country Period 3 & 4

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Thursday 9

Intermediate Badminton, Girls Netball, Boys AFL

 

Monday 13

Year 8 Soccer, Senior Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tuesday 14

Junior Girls AFL

 

Thursday 16

Year 8 Badminton, Girls Netball, B/M AFL

 

Friday 17

Presentation Ball

 

Monday 20

Year 7 Soccer

 

Thursday 23

Division Cross  Country

 

Monday 27

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:45pm 

 

Tuesday 28

NEVR Concert & Day Rehearsal Hamer Hall

 

 

 

Wednesday 29

Year 10 Exams

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:45pm 

 

Thursday 30

Year 10 Exams

 

Friday 31

Year 10 Exams

June

Monday 3

Year 11 Exams

 

Tuesday 4

Year 11 Exams

 

Wednesday 5

Year 11 Exams

 

Thursday 6

Year 11 Exams

 

Friday 7

Year 11 Exams

 

Tuesday 11

Year 11 Exams

 

Wednesday 12

Year 7 Badminton, Girls Netball, B/M AFL

Year 10 TAFE and University Visits

GAT, 9:00am

Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm

 

Thursday 13

Year 11 - Fit to Drive

 

Friday 14

Assessment Day

Student Free Day

 

Tuesday 18

Cross Country EMR

Vocal Concert 1 with LYC

 

Wednesday 19

Vocal Concert 2 with MYC

 

Thursday 20

Senior Basketabll

Vocal Concert 3 with Vox Ens

 

Friday 21

Pas Student Performing Arts Concert & Production Staff

 

Monday 24

Northern Territory Tour

 

Tuesday 25

Northern Territory Tour

 

Wednesday 26

Northern Territory Tour

 

Thursday 27

Northern Territory Tour

 

Friday 28

Northern Territory Tour

Last day of Term 2

EARLY DISMISSAL 2.30pm

Term 3
July

Monday 15

Curriculum Day Student Free Day

 

Tuesday 16

First day of Term 3

 

Wednesday 17

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm

August

Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection

Normal Year 10 classes

Production

 

Thursday 8

Production

 

Friday 9

Production

 

Tuesday 13

House Athletics

 

Wednesday 14

Production

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm

 

Thursday 15

Production

 

Friday 16

Production

 

Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball

 

 Monday 26

Year 9 City Experience

 

Tuesday 27 

Year 9 City Experience

 

Wednesday 28

Year 9 City Experience

 

Thursday 29

Year 9 City Experience

 

Friday 30 

Year 9 City Experience

September

Tuesday 10

Division Athletics

 

Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

Term 4
October

Monday 7

First day of Term 4

 

Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase

 

Wednesday 16

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Thursday 17

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)

 

Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase

 

Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase

 

Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase

 

Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase

November

Monday 11

Year 9 Camp

 

Tuesday 12

Year 9 Camp

 

Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

 

Friday 15

Year 9 Camp

December

Friday 6

Year 10 Formal

 

Monday 9

Orientations Evening

 

Tuesday 10

Orientation Day

 

Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Friday 20

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:30pm

End of Term 4

2019 Term date:

Term 1:

January 30  to 5 April

 

Term 2:

23 April to 28 June

 

Term 3:

15 July to 20 September

 

Term 4:

7 October to 20 December

Principal's Report

 

Education in the news

 

Recently the news media featured a number of education related stories. In particular there has been considerable coverage in relation to parent payments and school zones. I thought it was worth discussing and clarifying some of the issues detailed in this coverage.

 

The Herald-Sun recently featured a story with the headline, “How state schools are tricking parents into paying more in fees”. Whilst I can’t speak for all government schools I am confident that our practices are in line with department policies that are designed to ensure fairness and transparency. I know that our College Council is particularly keen to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep fees as low as possible and this something that we are committed to.

 

What the article didn’t focus on was the positive impact that parent payments have on school resourcing. For example, this week we have received 10 new SLR cameras for use by our photography students, allowing them access to modern state of the art technology. By using industry standard equipment, these new cameras allow our students every opportunity to showcase their talent. In the last couple of weeks we have also begun demolishing the old D Block toilets. This facility will be replaced by a modern, state of the art facility using world’s best practice design principles. These exciting developments happen thanks to contributions from our parents.

 

Parent payments allow us to provide the best resources and programs for our staff and students. I would like to thank parents who have already contributed and encourage those who haven’t yet to contact the office if they need assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

The other main story that had featured recently related to changes to government school zones or neighbourhood boundaries . Whilst some of these changes may have significant impacts to some schools and residents in their communities, I do not anticipate it having much impact on Wantirna College. Clearly, with students already enrolled at the school there is probably less of an urgency around this issue for current parents compared to prospective parents, however I think it is important to reassure our community that there will not be significant changes affecting us. What will be new, will be the ability to enter your address into a Department of Education website that will tell you which school is designated neighbourhood school.

Bus issues

A number of parents and students have raised concerns directly with me and other members of the school staff in relation to bus overcrowding. I would like to explain that none of the school buses that travel to Wantirna College are operated independently by the school. All bus services are provided by Ventura Bus Lines and determined by Public Transport Victoria (PTV). Any requests for additional services are ultimately determined by PTV and not the school. We are certainly raising the concerns with both Ventura and PTV when they are brought to our attention. It is important that our students always touch on when they travel by bus, because this data is used to determine patronage and influences any decisions being made about extra services.

Ambulance cover/accident insurance

I would like to remind all parents and guardians that the College does not provide accident and ambulance cover for incidents that occur at school. Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek advice regarding appropriate insurance. Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. It is not the responsibility of the College to hold insurance for personal property brought to school, and the College has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property, students and staff are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

 

Kevin Murphy

Principal

Assistant Principals

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

 

There have been a number of near misses in the car park lately particularly at the beginning and end of the day.  In order to keep the congestion to a minimum and to ensure cars can park and leave safely we ask that parents do not use the carpark as a drop of zone for their children.

 

The safest places to drop students off are on Amesbury Avenue at the bottom of the College, on Saxon Avenue and Georgian Gardens both off Harold street near the school crossing and on Templeton Street heading towards Burwood hwy past the roundabout.

 

We thank you for your cooperation with this.

Student ID cards

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) issue a card for school students to allow them access to concession fares. Previously this has been done through a paper process where the student fills in the details and the College signs off that they are truly a College student. With the new Student ID cards, being issued soon, this will be a thing of the past. The 2019 Wantirna College ID card will have PTV logo and will be sufficient for students to use a proof of concession status. A separate PTV card will no longer be required.

Student access to the College Network

I am sure you have been told by your children that we have had some difficulties with the College Network and the internet connections. Many groups from both the College IT technicians through to Telstra and DET Technicians have been trying to solve this issue. One of the difficult parts is that it is an intermittent issue. We are hoping we are close to fixing the issue.

 

Many of you would have seen the Course Confirmation/Payments section on your Compass Home page. These notifications appear above the News Feed on the right hand side in a red background. They appear when there is some process to complete. Earlier this year I put one up for parents and students to sign off on the Acceptable Computer Use Agreement. Some parents and students have yet to complete this process. The College is required by the Department of Education and Training to have one of these agreements with any student who is connected to the College network, whether or not they have their own computer or a leased computer. I urge all parents to complete the agreement or contact Mr Andrew Lewis, so that we can continue to have your child connected to the College’s network.

Classrooms in hot weather

It has been a hot, hot week at school this week and even though it is heading into autumn we are likely to experience a few more hot days.   Your children are probably telling you tales of rooms with extreme temperatures and how unbearable it has been, however we believe our teachers have been working hard to accommodate student needs in relation to the weather.  

 

More that 50% of our classrooms are air conditioned as are many of our larger spaces.  When rooms have been reaching extreme temperatures teachers have been relocating classes to different spaces that are cooler or air conditioned.  Where this has been impossible teachers have been adapting lessons to take account of the conditions. 

 

There is an urban myth going around that when it reaches 100 degrees on the old scale (38 degrees) schools can send students home.  Please be aware this is not the case. The Department of Education does not allow state schools to send students home because of heat.

 

College Council discussed the air conditioning situation at the most recent meeting and have made a recommendation that we develop a plan and get quotes for increasing the number of air conditioned classrooms in the school. 

Run Club

You might have noticed a large number of students running the streets on Thursday morning.  This was the second meeting of our new run club.  Run Club is open to all students of any year level, experience or fitness level who are interested in training for the "Run for the Kids" fun run in early April or the  school cross country in May.  On only our second run the ability level is quite spread out, from experienced athletes to students who have never run before.  We break up into groups and go at different speeds and distances based on ability.

 

Special thanks to Mrs Mantzanides for organising and recruiting staff and students and thanks to Mr Rogers for supplying the free breakfast afterwards.

Literacy for Learning

As you know we have had early finishing days for students on Mondays and Wednesdays for the last two weeks.  After dismissing students at 2:45pm our teachers and education support staff have hurried down to the senior centre for a 3:00pm start to the Literacy for Learning program.

 

We really appreciate our committed and dedicated teachers who are keen to focus on developing their capacity as teachers even after a full day of teaching.   

 

Over the next 12 months you will start to hear the phrase register continuum.   Your children may ask you for assistance in helping them write further up the continuum or you may see teachers giving feedback to students about the register continuum.  This is a concept we will be building on across all areas in the curriculum.

 

All pieces of text fall on a continuum.  At one end of the continuum is writing that is everyday and concrete.  The tone at this end is informal, personal and novice whilst the language choices are mostly spoken, in the here and now and based around action, e.g :  Today was really hot, and we were stuffed. When we went to the Orchard there was no icy poles left and we were mad.

 

At the other end of the continuum is writing that is more technical and abstract, the voice is formal, impersonal and informed whilst the language choices are more generalised.  e.g The extreme temperatures today had a significant impact on student productivity.  Ice cream sales in school cafeterias were high with some schools selling out leaving students disappointed.

 

Different genres of writing have different purposes and audiences, each having its place on the register.  The point is to help students learn to write well across the continuum rather than just down the formal end which many students tend to favour. 

 

We would like to thank parents and students for

accommdating this professional learning.

 

 

 

Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos Auditing

ASBESTOS AUDITING AND LABELING IN SCHOOLS – TEXT FOR SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS CHANNELS (OPTIONAL)

 

Wantirna College will soon be audited for asbestos-containing material as a part of the Victorian Government’s goal of making all government schools safe environments for students,  staff and the wider community.

 

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 include specific duties relating to identifying asbestos in workplaces and indicating its location with clear signage. Once identified, asbestos-containing material must be labelled and recorded in the school’s asbestos register.

 

Labels are placed in the school reception and at the entrances to buildings with identified asbestos-containing material and the front gate of the school, reminding people to contact reception before undertaking any building works.

 

Asbestos is considered safe unless damaged or disturbed. These warning labels will help our school manage potential risks and ensure we are compliant with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety framework.

 

Some FAQs on asbestos auditing and labeling in Victorian government schools are available from the font office.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me through the front desk if you have any questions.

 

Kevin Murphy

Principal

Later Years

Attendance

The education that the students at Wantirna College receive is critical to their future success and research tells us that ‘time on task’ is one of the most influential factors. For children to make the most of their opportunities we as a school community need to ensure that children are at school as often as possible. Every time a child is away from a day of school it is a missed day of learning and progression. If a child misses just 7-8 days per term from Year 7 through to Year 10, they will have missed over half a year of school by the end of Year 10. In the competitive world in which we live it is essential that we give children the best education possible. This can only occur if children are consistently at school.

 

We hear a number of reasons from our parents that explain why a child has missed a day of school. Some of these are acceptable reasons, others are not.

 

The following are some examples of acceptable reasons for students to be absent from the College:

  • being sick, or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical/dental appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)

 

Unfortunately there are other excuses that have been used for student absence. The following are examples of unacceptable reasons for students not attending:

 

  • Leisure
  • Shopping
  • Visiting relatives
  • Care of a relative, young child, or elderly
  • Birthdays
  • Truancy / School refusal (without having a support plan in place with the College)

 

Overseas family holidays are an excellent opportunity for children to experience learning out of school. The cultural differences, the history, food and people all provide a type of learning that is hard to replicate in school. As such overseas family holidays are a reasonable excuse for student absences from school. However, please note that a holiday interstate or regular holidays that take the child out of school often, do have a negative impact on their learning. These would not be considered acceptable reasons for absence.

 

Year 12 students in particular need to have their time planned very carefully. As the completion of VCE or VCAL programs are vitally important to assist in preparing them for future pathways, we want to give them every opportunity to do well. This means trying to avoid family holidays for these students until the completion of each school year.

 

It is expected that parents assist the College with keeping student attendance information up to date. If you child is to be away from the school, please notify the College as early as possible. If the absence is unplanned, please inform the College on the day, where possible. If this isn’t possible, please contact as soon as you are able. To provide explanation of any absence there are two options available. For students in Years 7-10 a written signed letter or a phone call explaining the reason for the absence is acceptable. For students in Years 11 and 12 only a written signed letter explaining the reason for the absence is acceptable.

 

If you are unsure as to whether an absence would be acceptable or not, please contact the College to discuss.

 

For any absences that are unexplained or classed as unacceptable, notification will be sent home to the parent/guardian.

 

In order to assist parents to check the attendance of their children the College established the use of the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows you the opportunity to check the attendance of your child and see if there are any absences that need explaining. The Parent Portal also allows you to follow up on assignments, school or homework tasks that your child’s teachers may have posted.

 

In order to log onto the Parent Portal you can simply go to the College website and click on the link to the Parent Portal. Once there you login with the email you provided the school and your password. By parents logging onto the Portal they are able to pick up any absent days that don’t have an explanation and then contact the school to resolve them.

We request that you please support the College in developing an understanding that ‘Every Day Counts’.

 

Mock Interviews
Year 10 Parents

Over the coming weeks Year 10 students will be preparing for Mock Interviews. Please have a conversation with your child about what they have been learning in the first round of Mock Interview preparation sessions. All students must have a professionally completed cover letter and resume for the day and will be learning how to create these documents during Learning Mentor class.

Parent volunteers

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered for the Year 10 Mock Interviews on Thursday 28th March. We look forward to involving you in this important day. We are still looking for 5-6 more parent volunteers to assist with the Mock Interviews. Volunteers will work as part of a team of two with a staff member and/or member of the local community.  Interview questions, student feedback forms, morning tea and lunch provided.

 

Ms Katrina King

Catalyst Programs Later Years

Cybersafety

Cyber Safety

As some of you may be aware, last week the Cyber Safety Project came to Wantirna College to educate our middle year’s students, teachers and parents on how to stay safe online. One of their key messages was that technology is positive and exciting, however, ‘information is power’ and the more we all know about the topic of Cyber Safety, the better we are equipped to support our children as they navigate their way through the digital world.

 

To continue the conversation and to keep informed, we will be putting a regular article in the newsletter on Cyber Safety.

 

Our first article is a resource from the eSafety Commissioner and offers families some tips and strategies on how web connected devices can be managed in the home. Each of the links below will take you to further information and some practical tips on how you can set up devices to stay safe online.  

7 ways parents can manage web-connected devices in the home

  • Almost one in three teens are accessing the internet between 10pm and midnight. 

Further information: https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/research-library/aussie-teens-and-kids-online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parental controls can keep kids safe on many screens.

They can:

  • Block sexually explicit sites
  • Set screen time limits
  • Block in-app purchases
  • Block numbers and SMS
  • Allow or block websites
  • Restrict chat features
  • Allow parental monitoring

 

Remember: No parental control is one hundred per cent fail safe. Keep children’s trust by using these tools openly at home.

 

Source: https://www.esafety.gov.au/

Year 7 Camp

Camp Review

 

Year 7 camp was definitely a highlight of all the things I’ve done at Wantirna College so far. It was a great opportunity to get to know other students from other classes and strengthen those friendships we already had. Personally, my favourite activity was the candle-making, because it was really satisfying, when you got to cut through all the layers at the end. I also enjoyed the teamwork games, which challenged your group to communicate together. The main point of Year 7 camp was to challenge yourself, and maybe do something you might not have done originally. For example, my challenge was to get in the pool- it was freezing! But in the end I got in and had lots of fun. The camp itself was beautiful, filled with old trees, and the staff there were all lovely. I also got to meet people I might not have gotten to know otherwise, including the teachers. When I got home I was so tired, but it was definitely worth it! All in all, the camp was a great experience, and I can’t wait for the next one!

 

By Rachel Cameron 7S 

 

The Year 7 camp was an unforgettable experience. The activities were challenging and made your group work together. Our class has bonded more and now we work well with each other. Some of the activities included flying fox, the reptile house, low ropes course, team bonding and the pool. The reptile house was amazing especially when we got to hold the snake. It was scary at first then you got used to it. The low ropes course was pretty good too. You just had to trust your spotters then you were fine. Unfortunately, for my class when we went in the pool it was 12 degrees so we didn’t stay in for very long but for the time we did go in we had a blast. Another good activity was the crate climbing. You have to stack crates one on top of another and balance at the same time. It was really hard but somehow I managed to get ten which was the best in my group. The highest out of everyone was 20.

 

The food was really good too. The highlight dishes for me were the dinners, especially the chicken schnitzels. I was really luck with my cabin group, because I got to meet lots of new people who I’m now really good friends with. Overall my time at Oasis Camp was amazing!

 

By Emily Billingham.

 

 

SWIMMING CARNIVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English & Literacy

Reading

Our Independent Reading Programme at Wantirna College continues to flourish with our year 7 -9 students engaging in 20minutes of reading at the beginning of every English lesson. To further support our programme, we have dedicated volunteers who give up their time of an hour and a half a week with a class (the same class) to conduct reading workshops with them. Our wonderful volunteers have the opportunity to build some strong relationships with our students and support them in applying reading strategies to extend their reading skills. We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team, so please contact the school if you are interested.

Year 12 English

Next week our year 12 students will be sitting their first English SAC for the year. As our senior students finish school at lunch time on Wednesdays, it provides the perfect opportunity to schedule a SAC under proper exam conditions. We adopted this approach in the latter half of last year and we believe it was a contributing factor to improving student outcomes in English last year. Research tells us that ‘when a student tries to recall information in an exam, they will be able to recall it best if they learned it in an environment which is similar to the exam environment.’ (Context and State Dependent Memory, scienceofeducation, blogpost, 2013) Furthermore, having all of our students completing the SAC at the same time will ensure fairness and equity while developing their skills in unpacking essay questions in a timely fashion. This year we will be marking every SAC paper twice to ensure that our feedback to students is consistent and thorough.

We wish our year 12 English students all the best next week.

Writing

And finally, as I mentioned in the last newsletter, our students from year 7 to 12 have been given writer’s notebooks in each of their English classes. In most lessons, students are given prompts and ideas to write about in an effort to build their writing stamina and confidence. The notebooks are a place for students to take risks with their writing and to practise the skills that they are being taught in their lessons. They are about engaging our students to think and to be able to write about what they are thinking. We would encourage all parents to start conversations at home about what their child is writing about in their notebooks. You could even have a go at home with some of the prompts we are asking students to write about in class!

 

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is one problem in our world that really needs to be fixed immediately?  Why is this issue so urgent?
  2. Write about one problem or issue in our world that you see a solution for, and explain what you would do to fix it.
  3. What do you plan to do after high school?  Why do you want to take this path?
  4. Write about a time when someone told you something that changed your perspective.  What did they say, and why did it have such an impact on you?
  5. Define what the world “responsibility” means to you.  Then, write about what you feel most responsible for.

Carrie Wallis

English/Whole School Literacy

 

 

Languages

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! Xin Nian Kuai Le! Wishing you all a prosperous year ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped organise the lunchtime activities and all those who attended. Our Chinese teachers Qiu Laoshi and Walker Laoshi, in partnership with our enthusiastic student helpers from the International Student Program, Li Laoshi, Lin Laoshi, and Song Laoshi organised several activities during the lunchtime across two days in Week 2. Making dumplings was popular with so many students, we will need to rethink the space for next year. 

 

The Lunar New Year was celebrated at Wantirna on Tuesday February 5th and Thursday February 7th. In the lead-up to the new year, many classes made attractive New Year decorations incorporating traditional Chinese elements for the Year of the Pig. The best of them are now on display in A block corridor and in the library.

 

At lunchtime on Thursday, so many students across all year levels enjoyed dumpling making with Qiu Laoshi, Song Laoshi and Lin Laoshi that it was hard to move around in the Science and Language Centre. Many students also had their Chinese names written with Chinese calligraphy brushes in traditional characters by some of our international students and Li Laoshi.

 

On Tuesday and Thursday students also enjoyed traditional Chinese lollies when they wished Walker Laoshi and a host of teachers (laoshi) from other faculties a Happy New Year in Chinese (Xīnnián kuàile!). Thank you to all the staff who helped reward our well-wishing students on these days.

 

Thank you to everyone for your support.

The Languages Team

 
Jane Walker
Languages Teacher

 

 

 

 

 
 

Performing Arts

Parents of Performing Arts - AGM
 

The Parents of Performing Arts (PoPA) is an amazing team of parents who play a vital role in our Performing Arts department. They raise funds, help run events and support our staff to build our flourishing program.


They are always looking for members, so if you are interested in getting involved or would just like to find out more information, please come along to their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th March at 7:30pm in the Music Centre.


If you would like more information on PoPA please feel free to call or email me

Staff Concert
 

Again in 2019, you are invited to our Staff Concert. On display will be the talents of our amazing Music Staff as well as some special guests from other faculties at Wantirna College. The staff may even combine for a special finale....

 

 

 

TIckets: https://www.trybooking.com/BAZNC

 

 

Amazing Opportunity for Performing Arts Students...
 

It is my very great pleasure to inform you of this fantastic opportunity.

 

In March/April of 2020, we are offering a Performing Arts tour to NEW YORK!.

 

The tour will be for approximately 9-10 days and will be open to all performing arts students including Year 12s of 2019.

 

The tour will have an emphasis on Performing Arts with opportunities such as:

 

- 2 Broadway shows including a behind the scenes guided tour

- several off-Broadway performances

-workshops with top teachers/artists/institutions including - music, stage makeup, instrumental reading, composition, vocal, drama scene study, quick change, song writing, auditions, musical theatre, Q&As and more

 

- tours of NY TV and Movie tour, Apollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, September 11 Memorial, St Paul's Chapel, Ellis and Liberty Island, East Village plus more

 

- live recording of a television segment

- workshop and joint activity with an American High School

plus many more!

In the coming weeks, there will be an information evening for all interested students and parents.
 

 

In the meantime if you have any questions about this amazing opportunity please contact me at [email protected] or 9881 7130.

 

 

 

 

Health Centre

Dental Services for Children

 

Eleanor Canning & Julie Dance

Health Centre

Wellbeing News

 

Katrina Katz

Leader of Student Wellbeing

General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111

 

Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.

 

Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.

Absences

Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.

 

If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  If your child has missed a SAC or been away for more than a couple of days, then they will be required to supply a doctor's certificate.

 

In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8.40am.  Locker Bell rings at 8.44am and Home Group commences 8:54am.  If your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30

 

Friday:

8:15am to 3.30pm

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.

 

If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:

 

Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.

 

Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the Term from 1 - 4pm. Prices and additional trading hours can be found on the College website.

 

Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There are two big draws just inside the door.  If you have lost any valuables, ie: phone, watch, etc... they are usually handed in to the main office.

Car Parking

New parents to the College are advised that the main car park on Harold Street is not a drop off or pick up point for students.  The car park is very busy and very tight at peak times.  It is not a safe place for students and waiting cars create congestion for people entering or leaving the car park.

 

The best drop off and pick up points for the school are:

  • Georgian Gardens (street opposite school crossing on Harold Street)
  • Amesbury Avenue (fenceline along the bottom oval)
  • Templeton Street (South of the roundabout)
  • Saxon Street (off Harold Street)

College Vision

Wantirna College is committed to educating our students to be inquiring learners with high levels of literacy and numeracy, prepared to be global, ethical citizens in the 21st Century, capable of showing resilience and flexibility of thinking, willing to show initiative and take on challenges throughout their lives.

Wantirna College

Principal:

Kevin Murphy

 

Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis and Shane Kruger

 

College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers

 

Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)

 

College Captains:

Jacqui ROGERS

Tahlia UMI

Sami LUTUI

Liam PAPIC 

 

Parents Association President:

Pam Wade

 

Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

Community News

 

 

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